By SARAH GRACE TAYLOR
Williamson County School officials denied claims of bullying and harassment filed in a lawsuit by former Walnut Grove Elementary teacher Melanie Lemon.
Lemon, a teacher of 14 years, resigned in May. She filed a lawsuit in June against WCS, Walnut Grove Principal Kathryn Donnelly, Superintendent Mike Looney and Assistant Superintendent of a Elementary Education Denise Goodwin. A response to her suit was shared with the media today.
According to the lawsuit, Lemon was “bullied, stalked, intimidated, and defamed into a forced resignation” from her job as a second-grade teacher.
In their response, defendants deny all legal culpability, and urge Lemon to dismiss the lawsuit.
“NOW having fully answered the Complaint filed against them, the Defendants request that this action be dismissed, with costs taxed to the Plaintiff, and with attorneys’ fees taxed to the Plaintiff as permitted by Tenn. Code Ann. 29-20-113,” the response reads.
The response also says the plaintiff willingly resigned her position and the administrators were acting in their professional capacity and should therefore be immune under Tenn. Code Ann. 49-4-512(b).
“Defendants Donnelly, Looney and Goodwin were acting under color of the law within the course and scope of their official duties…and were not acting in their individual capacities at the time,” the motion for dismissal reads.
The motion will be heard in court in September.